Vrijdag 4 december vanaf 17.30 uur presenteert Loek van Vliet zijn net verschenen boek Sacred Grounds in de PhotoQ Bookshop. Hij werkte vijf jaar aan het fotograferen van landschappen in stiltegebieden in Nederland en Vlaanderen.
Edie Peters interviewt Loek van Vliet over zijn project en het daaruit voortgevloeide boek. Daarna volgt een signeersessie en een borrel.
Meer over het boek op de productpagina van Sacred Grounds.
Uit de Engelse toelichting van de fotograaf:
In a time, in which we, as a society, are constantly busy; in which constantly things happen; in which there is always sound around us; in which we are constantly available; and things grab our attention all the time; I depict in my pictures the longing for silence. Through this series of photographs I try to deliver an experience of silence, in which there is no distraction. A moment in which you can start dreaming off in nature, and where you can find peace of mind during this hectic life.
Quiet areas are environmental protected areas, in which the sounds of flora and fauna predominate. In which the sound doesn’t reach more than 40 db. In the Netherlands there are about 650.000 hectare pointed out as areas of silence, divided in about 150 areas.
What I try to do is not a documentary study on silence, nor is it a study for areas of silence, it is much more the depicting and translating the feeling of silence. A calling for reflection. This results in a few things. First the picture needs to be taken within the borders of these areas. Second, I’m looking visually for a kind of wilderness. In a country in which almost every inch is created, I look for the apparent absence of humankind. They should appear in the details, but nature must have taken over. These visible aspects should call for reflection. The relationship of nature and human, life and death, religion, etc.
Whether we visit these areas, or not, we must know that they exist. Areas that you visit as a guest, that we respect, let in peace, not because we know what happens, but because we do not. In this way these areas function as modern sacred grounds.